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Long-Term Care Planning Guide

DCOA's Long-Term Care Guide

DCOA will distribute FREE Long-Term Care Guides to several locations city-wide including senior centers, many libraries and recreation centers and churches, now available in multiple languages.

This guide is intended to help you understand Long-Term Care and what resources are available in the District. You will find a number of tools that will assist you in analyzing your current situation and help you to start thinking about future needs. We suggest that you use these tools now as a resource to begin planning for your future LTC regardless of age. Please feel free to contact DCOA’s staff regarding any questions you may have. We can be reached at (202) 724-5622, (202) 724-5626

View the guide here, stop by or call us at (202) 724-5626.

The following guide provides you with a better understanding of long-term care for yourself or someone who requires your assistance. Long-term care is provided when a person of any age requires assistance with their physical or emotional needs over an extended period of time.

This may be needed due to a terminal condition, disability, illness, injury, or the growing infirmity of an aging adult. Although people receiving long-term care may also need medical care, this type of care is not part of traditional medicine.

Medical care services aim to improve or correct certain medical conditions. Long-term care services, in contrast, help a person maintain as much independence as possible by assisting them with daily activities. These may include any or all the following:

  • Walking
  • Bath
  • Dressing
  • Driving
  • Eating and/or preparing meals
  • Getting to and from medical appointments
  • Maintaining and repairing the home
  • Shopping and running errands
  • Managing money and paying bills
  • Doing the laundry and other household chores

Nearly two out of every three Americans will need extended help in one or more of these areas during their lifetime and most of these people will be elderly. Their need may be temporary or it may be necessary for many years; how long depends on the reason the care is needed.

The need for long-term care may also come suddenly, when you may be completely unprepared. Unfortunately, most of us learn about long-term care the hard way - right at the moment when the care is needed. This is when most of us discover we are ill-prepared with no plan in place.

See Determining the Need for Long-Term Care.